This week in the NHL begins with a modest four-game slate and among the matchups are the Flames visiting the Rangers.
Both teams are on a four-game winning streak. For the Flames, getting to five wins in a row and collecting these two points is more important than it is for the Rangers.
The Rangers sit 5th in the NHL and 3rd in the Eastern Conference. The Flames face more of an uphill battle as they are two spots out of the second wild card by just three points.
With both teams playing well and the Flames having a heightened sense of urgency with under 30 games to play, this should be a good game.
|NY Rangers -1.5
|Madison Square Garden
|7:00pm ET, Monday, February 12th
|How to watch
|TVAS, SN, MSG 2
Rangers to win -1.5 (+160)
As mentioned, both of these teams are playing well right now. But from the standpoint of overall talent, pedigree, and longer term consistency, the Rangers are the more reliable play.
There is a reason they currently sit third in the Eastern Conference 50+ games into the season and their recent play is reflective of that.
The Rangers both score more and allow fewer goals per game than the Flames. In their sole head to head matchup this season, the Rangers won 3-1, covering a -1.5 puck line.
They have a +9 goal differential in their last 4 games for an average win by 2.25 goals. Calgary has been very confusing this season while New York has been very good all season. The Rangers are the more reliable play at decent value.
Alexis Lafreniere over 0.5 points (-110)
In his fourth full NHL season, Alexis Lafreniere is having his best year. He has 14 goals and 17 assists with 4 game winning goals which is second on the Rangers.
Lafreniere has logged 137 shots on goal which is good for third on the Rangers, as well as 12 even strength goals which is also third on the Rangers. With his solid performances, Lafreniere has earned a top-six forward and power play role.
At any point in the game, Lafreniere is on the ice with some combination of Artemi Panarin, Vincent Trocheck, Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba, and Blake Wheeler among other solid players who can create shots for themselves and others.
The opportunity to produce is typically going to be there on a good team like the Rangers. In the Rangers’ current four-game winning streak, Lafreniere has shown as much. He has three goals and four points over that span and the Rangers get a favorable matchup tonight. Look for Lafreniere to extend that run to five points in as many games.
Over 6.0 total goals (-115)
High game totals have been prominent for both of these teams lately. The Flames have scored 14 goals in their last three games for an average of 4.67 goals per game. The over has also hit in four out of their last six games.
During the Rangers’ current four-game winning streak, they have scored a total of 16 goals for an average of four goals per game. In their last six wins, the Rangers have scored 26 goals. Lately, when the Rangers win, they score in bunches.
In losing efforts, both teams have been prone to allowing goals in bunches as opposed to tight, low scoring losses.
Prior to Calgary’s current four-game winning streak, they had a four-game losing streak with an average of four goals allowed per game. The Rangers have allowed 15 goals across their last four losses. The volatility of each team lately bodes well for a higher total.
AJ Greer, Left Wing, Ankle, Out
Dan Vladar, Goalie, Lower Body, Out
Filip Chytil, Upper Body, Out
The Flames and Rangers have met 125 times in the history of their franchises. Here is how this matchup has historically shaken out:
|New York Rangers
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